Hillary Clinton is driving to Iowa — and driving the conversation. Several Republican presidential candidates spent yesterday responding to Clinton’s expected news that she will enter the White House race. Meanwhile, US Senator Marco Rubio gears up for his own presidential announcement this afternoon in Miami.
But with 100 percent name recognition, how does Clinton reintroduce herself? In her announcement video, she says she wants to be a “champion” of the American people, but how many people are willing to reconsider their already-strong opinions on Hillary?
For example, in a Quinnipiac survey of Iowa voters released last week, only 5 percent of respondents said they had not heard enough from Clinton to have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of her. Compare that to the newest GOP candidate in the race: In the same survey, 54 percent of Iowa voters said they had not heard enough about Rubio to form an opinion.
Familiar setting, new challenge for Clinton by Jim O’Sullivan in The Boston Globe: “As Hillary Clinton embarks on her second presidential campaign, one unanswered question is what New Hampshire will mean for her in 2016. She has no announced challengers at this point, but if they emerge, are expectations so high that she needs to run up an overwhelming victory to qualify, among political handicappers, as the winner?”
Despite general decline in sales, N.H. gun shops see pockets of growth in the Concord Monitor: “As gun control efforts stalled, the market cooled, and while sales haven’t quite reached the point they were before 2012, they’ve been slowly increasing.”
Clinton launch video includes employees of Nashua firm with ties to Shaheen, Kusteron WMUR: “Shawn Roland and Louis Davis, employees of W.H. Bagshaw of Nashua, which calls itself the ‘oldest pin manufacturer in the USA,’ appear in the Clinton video.”
Republican presidential hopefuls head to New Hampshire by the Associated Press: “More than a dozen Republican presidential hopefuls will descend on New Hampshire this week to woo activists whose support they’ll need in the nation’s first presidential primary.”
Here’s the Iowa schedule for Hillary Clinton in The Des Moines Register: “Just two small events were announced: She’ll do an educational roundtable at a branch campus of Kirkwood Community College and do a business roundtable at Capital City Fruit in Norwalk, a small town just south of Des Moines. Neither event will be open to the public, and there will be limited access to the news media.”
Meet the Iowans in Hillary Clinton announcement video in The Des Moines Register:Sean Bagniewski and “his wife, Vidhya Reddy, did the video shoot in early March (they’re the couple who talks about their home renovations and teaching their dog to quit eating the trash), then heard nothing more about it. (See Bagniewski and Reddy at 1:06 in Clinton’s announcement video.)
On Thursday night, he hosted an event at Cooney’s for likely presidential candidateMartin O’Malley, a former governor of Maryland. Then on Sunday, 10 minutes before the video went live, Bagniewski got a phone call from the Clinton campaign.”
Clinton formally begins her second bid for presidency from Annie Linskey in the Boston Globe
Why Hillary Clinton Can’t Win the Fundraising Expectations Game from Bloomberg Politics
The power players behind Hillary Clinton’s campaign from Politico
Why Marco Rubio couldn’t say no from Politico
Marco Rubio’s Rapid Rise From City Commission to Presidential Contender from Bloomberg Politics
Marco Rubio’s big announcement by the numbers from The Miami Herald
Wealthy donors on left work to weaken GOP at state level from the Washington Post
GOP’s Lindsey Graham sees an opening as antagonist to Rand Paul from the Washington Post
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